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: 93 - 5 Series question

11-02-2009, 02:21 PM

New to the community, do not own a BMW but..........

I am looking at purchasing a 93 5 series, the current owner tells me the shifter is sloppy, is this a serious problem, can anyone tell me the fix and is it expensive? The car is a 6cyl with an auto shift trans.

daisy_stan :dunno:

11-02-2009, 07:06 PM
Do you have any skill when it comes to wrenching? I've found that with some tools and this forum, repairs do not have to be expensive. Run a VIN check. I'm sure you will find plenty of help here. Trans problems can be a b*****. I have a 93 Touring with an automatic. I'm thinking of swapping it out for a 5 speed...

E34's are BMW!:bigpimp:

11-02-2009, 08:01 PM
The auto shift gate mechanism has nothing to do with the transmission luckly. The mechanism can be replaced with one out of a junkyard vehicle if needed or you can get a new one if needed. The shifter basically slides a cable down to the transmission and a simple bolt holds the shifter cable pin to the transmission. Most often a simple disection of the area and you will see what needs attention. I have seen quite a few things "wrong" on these cars and I have only had to order a small amount of parts.

Here is the mechanism breakdown from Realoem.com for a '93 (http://www.realoem.com/bmw/showparts.do?model=HD63&mospid=47404&btnr=25_0056&hg=25&fg=15)

Picture of the shifter assy and cable


11-04-2009, 04:51 AM
Thanks for your response, I never owned a BMW so I am really happy to have found this site. The car is about 2000 miles away from me so I want to be pretty certain it's the car I am looking for.

It is a 93 525i with 125kon it. Seems to look pretty darn good.

Thanks again.

daisy_stan :thumbup:

11-04-2009, 10:30 AM
I would strongly suggest having the car inspected by a local specialist prior to purchase. Most places will charge about $150 to do this, but believe me, it will be the best money you spend on this car regardless of whether you purchase it or not. The E34 BMW's are great cars but there are many know "issues" that can put unwary owners in the poor house very quickly. If the car has been well cared for and the owner has nothing to hide, they shouldn't object to an independent inspection.

11-04-2009, 08:29 PM
Hey Tourburgring

That is an awesome idea, thanks.